About Us

A Part of Something Bigger

YWCA Durham is part of our country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization, YWCA Canada, and exists in solidarity with the global YWCA movement, which serves 25 million women and girls throughout 125 countries while driving the international gender-based human rights agenda. Locally, YWCA Durham has a long 75+ year history in Durham Region. Over the years we have adapted our programming to meet the ever-changing needs of the women we serve. 

Violence Against Women (VAW)

Throughout the years of providing services to women and children who have experienced violence, we continue to change with the needs of our clientele. We are part of a large network of agencies in the region who offer support to women as they navigate their way through their journey. Our mandate is to help women and children and offer a safe and supportive space in which they can grow.


An inclusive community where women, children, youth and families are safe, inspired and empowered to grow.


YWCA Durham is a trusted community leader that provides high quality programs, services and resources that respond to the needs of women, children, youth and families.

We conduct ourselves with integrity to ensure a high level of accountability and transparency.


YWCA Durham is a feminist organization that believes in, supports and advocates for:


We recognize that an investment in women, children, youth and families builds a stronger future for everyone.


We honour and are committed to diversity and inclusion.

Self Determination

We respect and support the right for women and girls to make their own choices.


We conduct ourselves with integrity to ensure a high level of accountability and transparency.

Our Programs

Y’s wish shelter and
24/7 crisis line
2nd Stage Housing
Interim Housing
Supportive Housing
Crisis Care Outreach and Transitional Support
Long Term Counselling 
Community Enrichment Centre
Venue Rental

Board of Directors

Our exceptional Board of Directors add significant value to our organization.

Together they work to advance the mission of the YWCA Durham. Their involvement encompasses governance, advocacy, public awareness and fundraising initiatives.

They work within a creative and collaborative process that supports the Executive Directors and engages Board members.

Brenda Cowie

Nicole Butt

Cynthia Hill

Erica Pereira

Lauren D’Angelo

Nishreena Nisham
Maureen Hosein
Lorraine Carrington
Allison Henry
Marie-Claude Gaudreault 
Polina Martins
Brittney-Rose Ward
Mohiba Musavi

Finance and Audit
Nominating & Membership

Become a Board Member

Are you a woman with the skills and passion to become a Board member to help YWCA Durham grow and carry out its mission? We are currently searching for exceptional members for our Board of Directors who will add value to our team.

 Our Board meets once a month in the evening, and participates on at least one Committee. Each member brings a unique skill set and background that enhances the overall strength of the Board.

 To be considered for a board position, or to learn more, please fill out this form: